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Excited Poncharal now looking forward

Excited Poncharal now looking forward

Yamaha Tech 3 chief Hervé Poncharal gives motogp.com his thoughts on how the 2009 season went for his team, and discusses an exciting rider line-up for next year.

Colin Edwards’ fifth-placed finish in this year’s MotoGP World Championship was the end to a good campaign for the Tech 3 set-up, with team manager Hervé Poncharal extremely pleased at the Texan rider’s achievement.

Edwards managed to beat factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso to complete the top five in the standings by a single point, and it capped what Poncharal viewed as a fine year all round.

“Altogether it has been a really good season,” said the Frenchman. “From the beginning of the season we were very confident that we had a good package, and also that Colin could have maybe the best season he’s had so far.”

“Finally, Colin managed fifth and we got a second place in Donington. We were also fourth in the team Championship, so in the team and the rider Championships we are the best of the rest because the top four guys are almost untouchable. So we’re very happy with this.”

With Edwards being joined by Ben Spies, who rode an impressive wildcard entry in the final race of the season at Valencia, next season Poncharal is also aspiring to a first race win in the premier class for the Tech 3 team.

“Strong is difficult, because when you’re fourth in the Championship and you have Fiat Yamaha, Ducati Marlboro and Repsol Honda in front of you it’s very hard to be better, but we will try and nothing is impossible,” he said. “Fifth position for Colin is also difficult to beat, but I think with the ambition of Colin and Ben why not at least do the same as we have this year? This will be a high target. We dream and will work for a first win in MotoGP, and I’m sure Colin and Ben will also do the same, but to do this you have to be in the top four and I don’t know if we will be strong enough to do it, but we will try.”

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MotoGP, 2009, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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